Hope you spoiled your fathers with love this weekend. I myself forgot to have my daughter make a card for my husband, like we always do, and he kept me in the dog house all day for it. I'm a bad wife.
We still had a great time. We all went to the Museum of Natural History and my daughter got to see the Dinosaurs of Antartica 3D exhibit, which completely freaked her out because it showed dinosaurs hunting prey, and although it didn't show the gory details, she felt sad that animals were eating other animals. I feel a vegan in the making.
Anyway, the featured post is another one from Bonnie, from the Instagram account Pages of Bonnie. I just love what she does with her layouts.
The next one is from Annabel Green. These are her secondary school English notebooks. They were allowed to decorated them and Annabel went full on Starcrossed on them. She even added quotes from the books. It's probably one of the sweetest photos I've ever received from a reader.
Thank you Annabel for sharing these with me! <3
The next one is from Allison Stoker, showcasing her gorgeous, color-coordinate bookcases! I simply love it.
I don't know who took this next one, but it features the new UK covers of the Starcrossed series. Love the layout. AND the covers of course.
And this last one is a photo I took with Caternina Sandrucci when I went to visit Mantova.
I so miss this, being able to give my readers big hugs. I'm a total hugger. Thankfully so is my husband, so he doesn't mind when I cling to him like a Koala.
Anyway, that's all for today. Keep sending me your lovely photos!
Back for some more StarHeart love. By the way, if you've sent me a picture and I haven't posted it yet, please resend it. As you probably already know, my email server has a mind of its own, and loves to gobble up things that are special to me. Like your emails!
Anyway, the featured picture this week is from Veronica Green from trilltarot.wordpress.com. Love the grey with the yellow daisies and the crystals. Goes great with the original cover of Trial by Fire.
The next picture is from Georgia Barley, who can be found on instagram @georgia_the_book_owl. I already posted this one picture on Facebook but I want it up on my blog because I just love it so much.
This next one is from another one of my original StarHearts, Crystal Perkins. The photo on the left was taken at RT in 2012, I believe. Crystal is also a prolific author, who writes romance, sci-fi, rom-com, you name it. You should check her out at crystalperkinsauthor.com.
Thank you for all your love and support throughout the years, Crystal!
This next one is from Lisa Marie, all the way from Austria, showcasing a copy of the German edition of Firewalker, Tranenepfad. And it is true. Middle books are my favorite to write.
Danke Lisa Marie!
And this last one is also from a fellow author, May Sage, who writes steamy romance novels. Talk about knowing how to pair a book with a nice glass of wine. A tasty Cabernet is the perfect companion when reading Starcrossed. Be sure and check out May's books at maysageauthor.com.
And that's all for this week. I'll have more books going out on Friday.
Big hug to you all!
Okay, so I’m assuming by now most of you have heard that there’s going to be a new book in the STARCROSSED series. Well, the truth is that there’s going to be more than one.
Confused? Excited? I'll explain.
First of all, the reason why it’s taken me this long to continue Helen and Lucas’ story is a bit of a complicated story in of itself. But it really boils down to the fact that even though I left GODDESS somewhat open-ended in order to afford me the option to write more books in the future, it was difficult to continue Helen and Lucas’ story the way I wanted it to without a whole lot of back story about what led to the war between the Scions. And I didn’t want to do a sequel filled with exposition or too many flashbacks, so I got stuck.
That’s why I chose to write the WORLDWALKER series next. I needed to step away from STARCROSSED and come back to it later with a fresh set of eyes. And I had every intention of coming back to Helen and Lucas after I was done with WITCH’S PYRE, but unfortunately, right around the same time I was diagnosed with cancer, and my priorities changed.
As you can imagine, I wasn’t in the right frame of mind to get back to Helen and Lucas while I was dealing with my illness, so I decided to write SNOW LANE instead, which was loosely based on my childhood. I just felt I needed to write that book. I also wrote the novella ILLUSTRATRED GIRL, which some of you know as LUCITOPIA, because again, it was fun, and light-hearted, and it made me smile. Plus, I wanted to give you all a freebie.
Anyway, while I was in the hospital undergoing surgery, I had an idea for a thriller. I was seriously high on multiple medications, in pain, and terrified. Usually not the best time to sit down and diagram a plot, I suppose, but when I find a monster in my life, I put it in a book so I can kill it. That was why I wrote WHAT SHE FOUND IN THE WOODS.
So, here I am, almost ten years later, wondering what to write next, and I come across that short story I wrote after STARCROSSED about Daphne and Ajax, which I titled, STARCROSSED CITY. And I found the perfect way to continue the series.
Like I said before, it’s hard to understand where I’m taking the next chapter in Helen and Lucas’ story without understanding the past. So, I came up with an idea to write a prequel to STARCROSSED, about the other star-crossed lovers in my series, Daphne and Ajax, a book which is essential in understanding what happens next with Helen and Lucas.
The prequel is called SCIONS, and the sequel TIMELESS. SCIONS is finished, currently undergoing edits, and I’m hallway through TIMELESS. They are both very long books and I’m considering splitting them both into two. We’ll see.
This leads me to the other big news, which is that I’m starting my own publishing imprint.
Why, you ask? Well, it seems more apparent by the day that the internet and social media are changing publishing in the same way that they changed the music industry a decade ago. Authors no longer need traditional publishing to get their books out.
I don’t want to sling any mud around, but I was really let down by the complete lack of marketing my publishers did for WHAT SHE FOUND IN THE WOODS, a book that was very well-reviewed, and that I am immensely proud of.
I mean I get it—authors have more followers than most imprints on social media—but if I’m expected to be the one doing most of the promoting, I figure I should cut out that in-between step and just throw myself into it.
To that end, I decided to partner up with a major independent book distributor to handle all of my future releases in the English markets (US, UK, Australia, Canada, etc..).
I’m still working out details on foreign editions, but I can say with certainty that the new STARCROSSED books will be translated into German. I will let you know about other translations as things move forward.
The best news of all is that the former Harper Teen editor who edited STARCROSSED, Laura Bernier, is editing SCIONS and will be editing all of my future titles under this new venture, and I couldn’t be more thrilled about that. It really is like a dream come true.
I know many of you were waiting on a second book in the LUCITOPIA anthology, but my priority right now is STARCROSSED. I will get back to LUCITOPIA at some point in the future, I promise.
I will also have a new website up and running sometime in August. I’ve been meaning to re-do my site for quite some time now but wanted to wait until this new venture was finalized before doing so.
So, that’s pretty much the nuts and bolts of it. It’s the dawn of a new age—I’ve gone rogue!
Anyway, thank you for your love and support as I begin this next phase in my life as a publisher/author. I really couldn’t do this without you.
I will have release dates on the new books as soon as I have them.
The picture above is from Lisa at L.C.'s Bookshelf. Like I've said before, you all just blow me away with your staging. So much thought put into these. I'm humbled.
This next one is from Chloe Allouche, holding a UK edition of What She Found in the Woods.
Such a pretty dress! I mentioned to Chloe that I have that same kind of orchid on my kitchen window sill. I believe they're called Imperial orchids. I've had mine for 5 years!
The next image is from Hannah Selter, holding a dedicated copy of Göttlich verdammt.
Please enjoy the book? Seriously, I need an editor for my dedications. I try, I swear!
Anyway, the picture I'm referring to in the dedication is this one.
Thank you for your love and support, Hannah. It's readers like you and Chloe and the rest of you that make what I do so incredibly rewarding.
Big virtual hug!
Danke für deine Liebe und Unterstützung, Hannah. Es sind Leser wie Sie und Chloe und der Rest von Ihnen, die das, was ich tue, so unglaublich lohnend machen.
Große virtuelle Umarmung!
This last one is my all-time favorite. I was signing some books when my daughter came into the room and asked what I was doing. I explained to her that I was signing books for fans of my books, and she quickly added; "I think they would also like my signature, mommy."
What can I say? I had to let her add her signature to one of the books, hoping it would be okay. Thankfully, the person I sent the book to was thrilled that Pia added her own personal touch.
Thanks Merielle! <3
And that's all for today. Thank you all for sharing these with me!!
Back again to showcase more pics from my favorite people!
The one above was sent in by Alo Mendoza. Man, I just love it when you ladies take the time to stage.
Thank you, Alo!
The next image is from Shelly Argeneau, holding a copy of the German edition of Goddess, Göttlich verliebt, which translates to Divinely in Love.
The next one is from Madison Farrell, whose email I almost missed because it went into my spam box, holding a dedicated copy of Goddess!
And don't worry, I am now checking my spam box religiously.
On that note, please check your spam boxes because I've sent some emails out that have not been returned.
Anyway, thanks Madison!
The next one is from Bonnie, from Pages of Bonnie, doing the face match with a UK edition of Trial by Fire.
Isn't that the coolest? I want more of these to make a collage!!
And lastly, here's a pic sent to me my Debra Antifora, who got a tattoo inspired by the Worldwalker series. I know I already posted this one on Instagram recently but I want it immortalized on my blog.
I am just so deeply moved by the thought that she would find my story worthy enough to occupy a permanent space on her body.
And that's all for this week.
I know I owe you a post about the Starcrossed (Göttlich) series. I'll put it up on Thursday. Just finalizing some details. ;)
Until then, I bid you adieu!
Today's StarHeart Tuesday is a specially hard one for me. This weekend a dear friend lost her battle to cancer. Jaison was a young woman in the prime of her life. I mean, talk about perfect. She was gorgeous, kind, more fun than a tree full of monkeys, and smart as a whip. She was the whole package, and we were friends for over twenty years. She was there for me when I went through my own battle with cancer four years ago. And it was comforting to have a friend like her by my side, who understood what I was going through at the time.
Jaison was a great supporter of the Starcrossed series. She was one of the original StarHearts. She was always passing my books on to friends, family, people in the grocery store...you name it. She even came close to getting it set up as a movie once at Sony, where she worked as an attorney. She believed in me so much, and I was never really sure what I did to deserve her.
I already miss her terribly. Rest in peace, sweet girl.
Another Tuesday, and another batch of pictures to share!
The one up above is from Kristina Ebert, who's been a fan since day one. She even had her hubby wear a toga for a giveaway I did for the release of Starcrossed. This photo is part of a set I posted on my Facebook page last week, but I think this one in particular deserves another mention.
The next one is from Louisa Kleinmann, holding her dedicated copy of Göttlich verdammt, the German edition of Starcrossed.
Danke Louissa, dass du ein treuer Fan bist. <3
This one is from Mina Divinagracia, whom I met at a book signing at the Once Upon a Time bookstore in Montrose California, pre-pandemic of course.
Thank you, Mina!
This next one is from MariBoo, from le creazioni di Mari, all the way in Italy, who made these exquisite key chains out of my books. So gorgeous.
And this is me goofing off with Debra Driza at a book signing in Mission Viejo. A skill honed in during my bartending days.
And that's all for today. I will post more goodies next week. :)
Thank you all!
Welcome back for another installment!
This week I have some pretty darn amazing photos from Emma Falconer. A few years ago she did a pilgrimage to Delos island, the mythological birthplace of Apollo, and as you know, the island I named Lucas and his family after. She just resent the photos and I thought I would share them with you.
The first one is the island itself and the graveyard of ancient Greek columns as you make your approach.
This next one is the House of Neptune with its gorgeous mosaic floor and Greek columns still standing thousands of years later. You can't really see it, but the columns have inscriptions engraved all around them. Greek graffiti. I'd like to imagine that somewhere in there there's an ode to love.
And this last one is the amphitheater. Isn't it amazing?
This next photo was sent by Jessica Brauns, holding a recently dedicated copy of Annie's Welt, the German edition of Snow Lane. Peek-a-boo!
And this next one is from Janine Bucsek. A dedicated copy of Starcrossed with her beautiful library in the background. You can so tell she's a book lover. Danke Janine! <3
And this last one is an oldie sent by Jacque Smith, sporting a Team Fate shirt. Thanks Jacque!
Thank you all, and please keep sending me your lovely photos and videos!
As I mentioned last week in one of my posts, over the years some of you have been sending me photos and videos of all kinds of different things related to my books, or posting them on social media. Some of you have have put so much effort into these, like the one below by Instagram user @lovemybookworld, that they deserve a little extra attention, and some safe-keeping.
If the music cuts out it's because I shared it from Facebook and they apparently had an issue with the music being used, claiming it violated copyright law. Seriously.
Anyway, I feel like if I were to opt out of using Facebook or leave Instagram at some point in the future, which I very well may, these photos and videos will be lost and forgotten. So, I've decided to have a special day up on my blog, every Tuesday, where I can feature your photos and videos so they can live in my domain for me to cherish forever and ever.
With the book giveaway currently underway taking so much of my spare time, it's just too much for me to go back and find ones that have been sent to me over the years, so please feel free to email them to me if you want to be featured at firstname.lastname@example.org, so that I can repost them here.
This one is from the current giveaway, Kay La Heath holding a dedicated copy of Goddess. Gorgeous!
This next one was shared by Kristina Hickman, whom I met 8 years ago at a book signing in Kansas City Missouri. Thanks Kristina!
This other one is from Chloe Allouche, whom I met at a book signing in Paris. Bonjour, Chloe!
And this one is an oldie that has a lot of sentimental value to me because it was during my very first tour for the Dark Days of Supernatural, which I did with Veronica Roth, Ellen Schreiber, Aprilynne Pike, Tara Hudson and my dear friend Amy Plum.
Thanks Erika Stroup for this one!
Thank you all for these. It means the world to me that you've all gone out of your way to share your joy with me! <3
Okay, so the response to autographed copies of my books was an overwhelming, yes. That's great news because I have a TON of books to give out. I've been meaning to do this for so long, but for one reason or another I just... haven't. I don't have an assistant, so all of the work involved that goes into sending books to fans is all on me. But with my daughter going back to school (the good lord willin' and the creek don't rise) I happen to have some time now, so I figured it's now or never. Also, I want all my closet space back.
I have editions from many different countries. Which leads me to an important point. Shipping overseas can get pricey, and it can add up quickly, especially when we are talking about shipping large quantities of books. For example, sending a hardcover of Göttlich verdammt to Germany can run around $25 in postage. So, as much as I would like to, I can't possibly cover the cost to ship to everyone who wants an autographed copy because I like to eat.
The Starcrossed series editions include Brazil, Bulgaria, Catalan, China, Croatia, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Spain, Sweden, Thailan, Turkey, US, and UK.
The rest of my library includes mostly German, UK and US editions.
I also have several audio books of Trial by Fire, 3 Göttlich verdammt posters, and 10 Göttlich verdammt box sets with all 3 novels. The box sets are heavy, so they may be a bit pricey to ship. Just FYI.
Anyway, email me at email@example.com letting me know which copy or copies you're interested in, whether you want a dedication or not, and where to ship it to. I'll let you know how much shipping will come to, and we'll go from there.